BAC Director of Design for Human Health Selected as Panelist at BUILDEX Vancouver

Dak Kopec will participate in featured Interior Design Keynote Panel

Dak Kopec Presenting at Change Order

Dak Kopec Presenting at Change Order; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Dak Kopec, Director of Design for Human Health at the BAC, has been selected as a panelist the 2015 BUILDEX Conference on February 25 and 26 in Vancouver, Canada.

Dak will participate in the featured Interior Design Keynote Panel Presentation, focusing on designing for health and wellness. The panel will investigate emerging innovation and evidence-based research on how to design spaces specifically to support the health and wellness of the people who work in them.

"It is an honor to be selected as a panelist in this conference alongside leading professionals in the industry," said Dak. "It is exciting to see industry trends begin to emphasize the growing importance of health and wellness in the design process."

The BAC launched the Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health (MDS-DHH) in the School of Design Studies in fall 2014. The program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills related to the design of landscapes and the built environment for the explicit purpose of preserving human health.

"The BAC's program is the first graduate program to clearly define health and wellness in its approach," stated Dak. "It merges biological and social sciences with design skills to analyze the built environment and improve upon it."

The MDS-DHH at the BAC is delivered in a low-residency, online format, which allows students to maintain full-time employment while specializing in the growing field of human health and wellness design.

In January, the BAC will be hosting the first MDS-DHH intensive on campus. Students and faculty in the distance program will travel from all over the country to Boston for an eight-day intensive learning experience.

BUILDEX is the first of several conferences where Dak will be participating, symbolizing the growing trend of health and wellness. Dak will also be participating in the Green Living Series at the University of California, Riverside in March to discuss community gardens.